Our interior design program emphasizes professionalism, critical thinking, ethics, creative exploration and collaborative learning. Faculty members are design practitioners, and the comprehensive design curriculum is combined with a broad-based liberal arts education to foster socially and environmentally responsible approaches to creative problem solving in aesthetic design.
Interior design graduates are prepared to practice professionally in architectural, interior design and design consulting firms, sustainability agencies and a range of design industries. We encourage graduates to pursue NCIDQ certificate-holder status, as well as other certifications, including LEED. B.F.A. graduates wishing to pursue leadership roles also are well prepared for graduate studies.
The B.F.A. in Interior Design requires a high level of commitment. Admission into the program is selective. Students interested in admission to the program submit all requirements for undergraduate admission. Please visit the website for details about the admission process.
A minimum of a B grade (3.00) is required for transfer courses in the major.
The interior design program at Marylhurst has a partnership with the Portland Community College interior design program, which allows the transfer of credits from PCC to Marylhurst for designated courses. This information is available on the B.F.A. in Interior Design Curriculum page of the Marylhurst website. Participating students are encouraged to co-enroll and begin the Marylhurst interior design studio sequence while studying at PCC.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students with a B.F.A. in Interior Design will:
- Approach design in a holistic manner with a sensitivity to the human experience.
- Apply critical thinking skills and a creative design process to identify and solve interior design problems.
- Develop the ability to effectively communicate in a professional manner.
- Understand and apply regulatory codes and practices protecting the health, life, safety and welfare of the public.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical practices.
Required Digital/Design Tools
Beginning with the spring term of first year, students are required to obtain a laptop. Software may be acquired incrementally throughout the program. Specifications and purchasing recommendations are available on request.